Fire Restrictions Extended Another Week

Klamath Falls, Ore.– The statewide state park ban on open flames will continue for another week. While temperatures have moderated in some areas and a little rain has fallen, especially on the Willamette Valley and coast, conditions have not improved enough to warrant relaxing the restriction. Fire crews are still heavily engaged in combating...
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Sheriff Skrah Files Lawsuit Against Commissioners, Police Union

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah has filed a petition, asking a Klamath County Circuit Court judge to issue a temporary restraining order against County Commissioners, and force 7 deputies to return to work. In the petition filed in Klamath County court Monday… The Klamath County Peace Officer’s Association is also named as a...
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Gas Prices Defy Crude Oil Prices Increase

Klamath Falls, Ore.– The price of crude oil is on the rise… but gas prices are still falling. In Oregon, we’re paying an average of $2.84 a gallon. That nearly ten cents less than last week… but 22-cents above the national average. In Klamath County we’re averaging $2.85 for a gallon of regular, it’s $2.94...
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Vandals Damage Daycare Vans

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  The Klamath County Sheriff’s office is investigating after some vehicles were vandalized over the weekend. Officials at the Klamath KID Center say vandals cut the gas lines on both of the facility’s vans, and siphoned gas from a riding lawnmower. Deputies aren’t sure when during the weekend the vandalism took place,...
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Memorial Held for Firefighters Killed in Washington

Wenatchee, Wash.–  Thousands turned out in Wenatchee Washington over the weekend to pay tribute to three men who died fighting a wildfire there  more than a week ago. Yesterday’s service included an 80 vehicle procession. The three men were trying to flee a fast-moving fire near the town of Twisp when they wrecked their...
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Attorney Asks Investigators to Hurry Up

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  The attorney representing seven Klamath County Sheriff’s deputies who are on administrative leave is asking the Justice Department to speed up its investigation into Sheriff Frank Skrah. The seven unidentified deputies asked to be placed on administrative leave a week ago… fearing retribution for talking to investigators. County Commissioners have asked Skrah...
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Richardson Will Not Run for Governor

Former Oregon State Representative Dennis Richardson has decided he isn’t going to run for Governor. The 20-14 Republican gubernatorial candidates lost last year’s election to John Kitzhaber… who resigned just weeks after taking office due public pressure following a scandal involving his fiance. Richardson told a Bend paper last week that he wouldn’t run...
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Oregon School Districts Fail New Testing

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  Twenty-one school districts in Oregon failed the new Smarter Balanced assessments for public school students…. No school districts in Lake or Klamath County were included in that number. Lots of parents weren’t happy about the new common core testing and decided to keep their kids out of them. Some Oregon school...
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Klamath Falls Airmen Head to the Grizzly Bear Fire

Klamath Falls, Ore.– 125 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland and the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls departed the Oregon Public Safety Academy this morning in route to the Grizzly Bear fire in eastern Oregon.   The Airmen completed one-week of training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training’s...
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New Sage Grouse Conservation Plan to Benefit Ranchers, Birds

Washington, D.C.– Last week, USDA released its new long-term investment strategy for sage grouse conservation—Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0 (SGI 2.0). USDA’s planned investments will complement the great conservation work already happening throughout the West and build on the work of the Sage Grouse Initiative, a partnership between USDA, ranchers and conservation groups that began in...
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